The Dwightmare is now over.
Dwight Howard will be headed to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team, ten-player trade. This trade is a steal for the Lakers when you consider the team only had to give up Andrew Bynum and a protected first-round pick.
Prior to the Howard trade, a different Pacific Division team had the best offseason in the Western Conference – that team was the Golden State Warriors. In the draft they were able to get three excellent young players who fill positions of need and should contribute right away.
With a strong training camp and preseason, first round lottery pick Harrison Barnes should have no problem holding off Brandon Rush and Richard Jefferson for the starting small forward spot.
Festus Ezeli is a strong defensive minded big man who should be able to come off the bench and defend the rim, which was a major hole in last year’s roster.
Draymond Green is a high motor player who can play multiple forward positions due to his high basketball IQ and competitive drive.
The Jarret Jack trade brought a tough, defensive minded combo-guard to the Warriors. Jack is capable of stepping in and playing at a high level should Stephen Curry fall prey to another injury.
The Warriors last move of the offseason was getting Carl Landry at a substantial discount. Landry was making over $8 million last season, but due to a tough market, signed with the Warriors for just $8 million over two seasons. Landry will provide toughness, offensive rebounding and scoring off the bench.
The additions of Landry, Jack, Green, Ezeli and the resigning of Brandon Rush will give the Warriors one of the most dangerous second units in the league. When a team’s had as many injuries as the Warriors have had the past few years, a strong bench is an absolute requirement if you want to compete.
The Warriors definitely had a great offseason, but the best offseason would have to go to the Lakers due to the Howard trade.
The rich continue to get richer.
Bay Area native and life-long sports fan Nick Domanico is the Bay Area Editor of Sports Out West.
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